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Chambers of Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Anthony Peto QC

BLACKSTONE HOUSE, TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 9BW, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7583 1770
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Fax 020 7822 7350
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www.blackstonechambers.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Blackstone Chambers is β€˜a force to be reckoned with’ at the London Bar for commercial and public law instructions, where clients are β€˜spoilt for choice when selecting counsel’; β€˜the range of intellect and diversity at the set is all that any solicitor could ask for’. Furthermore, β€˜some of the up-and-coming juniors are simply brilliant and will be superstars’. The service provided is also β€˜slick’ and some say that β€˜it is miles ahead of other chambers’ in this respect. The clerks are β€˜commercial and straight-talking’, and β€˜a pleasure to deal with’, β€˜setting the standard for the profession’. In particular, Gary Oliver is β€˜a fantastic senior clerk, who trains his juniors well’, and he and chambers director Julia Hornor β€˜run a very tight ship’. At deputy senior clerk level, Adam Sloane and Derek Sutton β€˜stand out as shining examples of good clerking’, and deputy chambers director Mat Swallow provides β€˜an excellent service’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is β€˜widely considered to be the best public law set in London’ and is simply β€˜unrivalled in terms of experience and strength in depth’. Given its size and profile, chambers often finds itself on both sides of truly headline public law litigation, which in 2016, included cases regarding the UK’s exit from the EU, the retention of telecoms data and the residence test for civil legal aid. Nathalie Lieven QC joined the set from Landmark Chambers in 2017, which will add to the set’s strength.

Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She displays focused and invariably effective advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Eadie QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Well known as one of the pre-eminent silks at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lord Pannick QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A fearsome, authoritative intellect, with a friendly approach to clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Fordham QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜One of the most powerful court advocates around.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Howell QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A standout silk in a standout set.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Beloff QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜His experience and his judgement are second to none.’

Ranked: tier 2

Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜The perfect silk for the hardest cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nathalie Lieven QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Impressive at all levels.’

Ranked: tier 2

Pushpinder Saini QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Highly regarded in the area of public law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Ferocious; he reacts with lightning-quick speed to even the most unexpected curveballs.’

Ranked: tier 3

Adam Lewis QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He guides his clients through the most difficult cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜The first-choice silk in a go-to public law group.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sam Grodzinski QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has an incredibly elegant style and a knack for winning.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He shows masterful ability to grasp complex detail.’

Ranked: tier 5

Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An incredibly bright, powerful advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Timothy Otty QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An incredible advocate with compendious knowledge of the law.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2016 silks

Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A combination of vast technical knowledge and endless charm.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gemma White QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A reassuring presence during the tough cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Shaheed Fatima QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜One of the best of a new breed.’

Ranked: tier 1
Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2017 silks

Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜The outstanding legal talent of his generation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ivan Hare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A highly persuasive advocate, who commands respect among judges.’

Ranked: tier 1
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Catherine Callaghan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Crisp, clear and persuasive; a punchy drafter and deft legal tactician.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Pievsky - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Extremely bright and very responsive.’

Ranked: tier 2

Emma Dixon - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Highly intelligent; a valuable, considered adviser.’

Ranked: tier 3

Iain Steele - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Flexible and attentive, with a strong grasp of both legal issues and practicalities.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Hickman - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An innovative, strategic thinker and a robust advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Gerard Clarke - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A fierce, intelligent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Genius; he appears to have limitless knowledge when it comes to public law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jane Collier - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Highly perceptive and a creative problem solver.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jessica Boyd - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Impressive to clients and instructing solicitors alike.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Segan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A meticulous adviser with superb client skills.’

Ranked: tier 4

Naina Patel - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Committed and tenacious.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Pritchard - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He provides sensible and commercial advice based on substantial experience.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Richards - Blackstone Chambers β€˜No doubt, a strong performer.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is considered by many to be the first choice for regulatory disputes, often involving the FCA, but members also get their fair share of straight banking disputes, such as Libyan Investment Authority v SociΓ©tΓ© GΓ©nΓ©rale. Another key case was R (Holmcroft Properties) v KPMG LLP and others, concerning the role of skilled persons in relation to a redress scheme for the mis-selling of financial products.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is very good with clients, and can come up with a very practical and commercial solution to most cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An impressive tactician and superb trial advocate, who is very effective with witnesses.’

Ranked: tier 5

Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A real expert in the contentious regulatory field.’

Ranked: tier 5

Pushpinder Saini QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has an excellent grasp of the issues and gives first-class legal advice.’

Ranked: tier 5
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2016 silks

Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An immensely talented barrister, who is great with clients and a delight to instruct.’

Ranked: tier 1
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2017 silks

Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Excellent: practical, expert and quick.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is a β€˜phenomenal set’ with barristers who are β€˜universally effective’ in the area of civil liberties and human rights. Members receive regular instructions from the government and have been involved in cases concerning issues from extraordinary rendition, to the detention of protestors, to the quality of London’s air. In 2017, Ivan Hare QC and Ben Jaffey QC took silk, and Nathalie Lieven QC joined from Landmark Chambers.

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜One of the best silks of her generation; erudite and very persuasive on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lord Pannick QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Ultra-bright and ultra-responsive; very reliable judgement.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Fordham QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A silk of national and international reputation.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Eadie QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Well known and respected throughout the courts.’

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Otty QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is astonishingly bright, and able to distil complex arguments and present them in a compelling way.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Beloff QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is very user-friendly, providing great turnaround times and incredible analysis.’

Ranked: tier 3

Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A true team player and fantastic advocate with impeccable judgement.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Howell QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Highly respected by judges and peers.’

Ranked: tier 4

Mark Shaw QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Combines phenomenal forensic intelligence with great personal charm.’

Ranked: tier 4

Maurice Mendelson QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Extremely knowledgeable and passionate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nathalie Lieven QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She combines impressive legal skill, experience and practical common sense.’

Ranked: tier 4

Pushpinder Saini QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜One of the best lawyers in his field.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sam Grodzinski QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has an uncanny ability to read how a case will develop and plot a safe course through choppy waters.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Tenacious; he brings a fresh perspective to win points that seem unwinnable.’

Ranked: tier 4
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – 2016 silks

Shaheed Fatima QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Extremely impressive in all aspects of a case.’

Ranked: tier 1
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – 2017 silks

Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜His ability to make the complex seem simple is a work of art.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ivan Hare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A highly impressive, standout court performer.’

Ranked: tier 1
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading juniors

Tom Hickman - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An innovative, strategic thinker and a robust advocate with good knowledge of the law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Catherine Callaghan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A richly deserved reputation as one who will go far.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Pievsky - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A high-class advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Emma Dixon - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She’s able to grasp the issues quickly and has a refreshingly modern way of working.’

Ranked: tier 3

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He combines a first-class intellect with an ability to distil complex principles into simple, clear advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Iain Steele - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is clearly well respected and provides high-quality work within tight timescales every time.’

Ranked: tier 3

Naina Patel - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A solid command of detail and forensic skills to get to the heart of an issue quickly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Consistently stunning intellectual acumen and strategic thinking.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers β€˜clearly has exceptional strength in depth in its commercial litigation line-up’ and members continue to get instructed on their fair share of major commercial disputes, including Libyan Investment Authority v SociΓ©tΓ© GΓ©nΓ©rale and Crown Bidco v Vertu Holdings Oy.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He demonstrates outstanding leadership, clear communication and superb advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Wonderfully gifted, direct and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜One of the rising star silks of the Bar and destined for the top.’

Ranked: tier 4

Pushpinder Saini QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A great advocate, who has won the unwinnable on many occasions.’

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Anderson QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An outstanding courtroom advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Deals with clients on a very human and approachable level.’

Ranked: tier 5

Andrew George QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Wonderful with clients and a delight to work with.’

Ranked: tier 6

Anthony Peto QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Solicitors wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.’

Ranked: tier 6

Barbara Dohmann QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A legend who is nothing short of brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 6

Robert Howe QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A class act.’

Ranked: tier 6

Tom Weisselberg QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Very slick on his feet and user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Leona Powell - Blackstone Chambers β€˜In terms of clarity of thought and quick turnaround, she is one of the best.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Weekes - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is great on his feet and produces high-quality written advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Victoria Windle - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Very personable, easy to work with, a good team player and very responsive.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Lowe - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has a ferocious intellect coupled with a calm and understated manner.’

Ranked: tier 5
Commercial litigation – top ten under eight years’ call

Andrew Scott - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Absolutely first class, one feels in very safe hands when relying on him.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading silks

Andreas Gledhill QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is thorough, hardworking, creative and user-friendly – quite exceptional overall.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Competition
Competition – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Blackstone Chambers

The β€˜excellent’ Blackstone Chambers houses β€˜really heavyweight practitioners’ such as Dinah Rose QC and Brian Kennelly QC, who led Jason Pobjoy in Arcadia and others v Visa (representing Visa International). It is not uncommon for several members to appear in the same proceedings; in another example, six members were instructed in the BT v Ofcom Ethernet appeals.

Competition – Leading silks

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A truly excellent advocate, who is always at the top of her game.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Bright, easy to work with and strong technically.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lord Pannick QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A famously tenacious advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Pushpinder Saini QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An incredibly sharp legal mind.’

Ranked: tier 2

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Always thinking outside of the box.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Lewis QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A go-to counsel for sport-related work.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜His trial skills are second to none.’

Ranked: tier 3

Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Calm and collected.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Fordham QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An exceptional advocate with a formidable intellect.’

Ranked: tier 3
Competition – 2016 silks

Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An immensely talented barrister and a charmingly persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1
Competition – Leading juniors

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has a brain of the size of the planet and is at least three steps ahead of everyone else.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Segan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has an impressive command of the subject.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tristan Jones - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Someone who sees beyond the legal arguments and is a pleasure to have on the team.’

Ranked: tier 1

Emily Neill - Blackstone Chambers β€˜One to watch.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jessica Boyd - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A junior to watch, she has superb attention to detail and a modern approach to litigation.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Extremely bright and hardworking, with an acute attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

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EU law
EU law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is a β€˜brilliant resource’ with a β€˜well-deserved reputation’ and β€˜heavyweight practitioners’. Lord Pannick QC (for the respondent) and James Eadie QC (for the appellant) were among multiple members of chambers who acted in what was probably the most highly publicised case of 2017, R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. In another headline instruction, several members appeared in R (Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association) v HMRC.

EU law – Leading silks

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An utterly devastating advocate in a league of her own.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Very commercially minded and supreme on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lord Pannick QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜His strategic judgement is always on-point.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Eadie QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜The Treasury Devil, highly regarded by his peers.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Fordham QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜One of the best advocates, who has an amazing command of papers and an astonishing intellect.’

Ranked: tier 2

Pushpinder Saini QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Intellectually flawless and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She speaks her client’s language and commands the ear of court.’

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A master of his brief and an utterly persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3
EU law – 2016 silks

Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An exceptional problem-solver and a delight to instruct.’

Ranked: tier 1
EU law – Leading juniors

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Intellectually sharp and technically brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Segan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is a match for even the most seasoned advocate in this field.’

Ranked: tier 2

Emily Neill - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A well-researched, conscientious and determined advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A real future star: meticulous, diligent and fantastically efficient under extreme pressure.’

Ranked: tier 3

Emma Dixon - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A well-respected junior with a varied practice.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Education
Education – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Blackstone Chambers

Members of Blackstone Chambers are β€˜at the top of their game’, assisting clients with strategic and controversial matters. Catherine Callaghan represented the Schools Adjudicator in Court of Appeal proceedings pertaining to the guidance on over-subscription criteria for faith schools, while Gemma White QC acted for the Department of Business Innovation and Skills in a judicial review challenge to the Secretary of State’s decision on student funding filed by the NUS.

Education – Leading silks

Sam Grodzinski QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A renowned public law expert.’

Ranked: tier 2
Education – 2016 silks

Gemma White QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She has a track record representing public bodies.’

Ranked: tier 1
Education – Leading juniors

Catherine Callaghan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A brilliantly organised, punchy drafter and deft legal tactician.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Employment
Employment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers houses β€˜renowned experts, who provide advice of the highest quality’ and β€˜go above and beyond to meet their clients’ needs’. The set is experienced in the complete range of employment claims, with expertise in areas such as whistleblowing and bonus disputes, as well as strong knowledge of the financial services sector. In 2017, Dinah Rose QC and others were successful in R (Unison) v Lord Chancellor, which saw the Supreme Court quash the employment tribunal fee regime.

Employment – Leading silks

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A supreme tactician, who is masterful on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Goulding QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜His depth of knowledge is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jane Mulcahy QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She is consistently excellent and has a very sharp, analytical mind.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She is industrious and thorough, and expresses her advice clearly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Howe QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An exceptionally bright and skilled advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4
Employment – Leading juniors

Diya Sen Gupta - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An exceptional advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Thomas Croxford - Blackstone Chambers β€˜His advice is always spot-on and he is an excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gerard Clarke - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is clever, hardworking, supportive and practical.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nick De Marco - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A very able and persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Catherine Callaghan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Couples her employment practice with broad regulatory and public law knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Wilkinson - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An impressive and approachable advocate, who provides clear, commercial advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Richards - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An extremely bright advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Energy – Leading silks

Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for electricity-related work.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Environment
Environment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers’ barristers are β€˜of the highest calibre’. A recent highlight includes R (ClientEarth) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; a landmark air pollution case that decided the UK is in breach of EU air quality limits. The set recently attracted Nathalie Lieven QC from Landmark Chambers.

Environment – Leading silks

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A well-respected figure in the area of air pollution cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Howell QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has a deeply impressive grasp of very complex legal points.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Fordham QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Few barristers can get judges to hold such a high level attention and listen as intently as he can.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Shaw QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Recommended for water pollution cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nathalie Lieven QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She is an outstanding barrister in all aspects and clients love her.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Eadie QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Particularly recommended for government representation in environment cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Robust, creative and practical.’

Ranked: tier 4
Environment – Leading juniors

Emma Dixon - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She is very quick to understand her clients’ legal position and objectives.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jane Collier - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Recommended for environmental protection cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Recommended for cases relating to air pollution, climate change and sustainability.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Financial services
Financial services – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is considered β€˜a set of choice for financial services work’ and clients β€˜would only very occasionally look elsewhere’. β€˜There is real strength in depth from the silks to the much younger juniors’, and clients are β€˜impressed with how approachable they are, both to lay clients and solicitors’. Furthermore, chambers provides β€˜particular depth in expertise with many of its members having spent time with the FCA’.

Financial services – Leading silks

Charles Flint QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An excellent practitioner whose depth of experience is unrivalled.’

Ranked: tier 1

Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A standout barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew George QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He makes clients feel supported and that he is fighting their case for them.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He provides hugely practical advice on unregulated collective investment schemes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A superb trial advocate and very effective with witnesses.’

Ranked: tier 3

Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in FCA-related matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Pushpinder Saini QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has an excellent grasp of the issues and gives first-class legal advice.’

Ranked: tier 3
Financial services – 2017 silks

Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Enormously strong at providing general FCA advice.’

Ranked: tier 1
Financial services – Leading juniors

Simon Pritchard - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has an excellent financial services practice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A very bright young junior, who is one to watch.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is β€˜a truly standout set’ with a β€˜huge range of talent, both among the leaders and juniors’. β€˜Members are always involved in the largest and most important cases’, with recent highlights including Sabbagh v Khoury and others, where Anthony Peto QC and Andrew Hunter QC led teams for either side. Another major case was Libyan Investment Authority v SociΓ©tΓ© GΓ©nΓ©rale.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Robert Anderson QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Combines a forensic legal mind with a natural and easy-going charm.’

Ranked: tier 1

Anthony Peto QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Superb on injunctive relief.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He brings a smoothness to advice and advocacy that instils confidence in clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A remarkably quick thinker constantly exploring for suitable and creative solutions.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Weisselberg QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Peerless at his level and charming, he will become a super-silk in time.’

Ranked: tier 3

Barbara Dohmann QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She has a stellar reputation.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Robert Weekes - Blackstone Chambers β€˜The leading junior for major offshore fraud work by a country mile.’

Ranked: tier 3

Leona Powell - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A firm favourite senior junior.’

Ranked: tier 4

Peter Head - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is creative and has a winning way with clients and the court.’

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms (including data protection)
Data protection – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Blackstone Chambers

Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is β€˜a leading set’ in the telecoms regulatory field, with β€˜strength in depth in this area’ and a team of β€˜uniformly high-quality’ barristers. Multiple members are involved in R (EE) v Ofcom, the judicial review challenge to the annual licence fees imposed by Ofcom for the use of 1800 MHz and 900 MHz spectrum.

Data protection – Leading silks

James Eadie QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A renowned silk.’

Ranked: tier 2

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is greatly experienced in handling data package disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2
Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading silks

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She is erudite and very persuasive on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An intelligent and approachable advocate with a good client manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is energetic, down to earth, client-friendly and good on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Pushpinder Saini QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A great all-rounder.’

Ranked: tier 1
Telecoms (regulatory) – 2016 silks

Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An excellent adviser, who is always a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1
Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading juniors

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is very commercial and pragmatic.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Segan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A star in the making.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Vinall - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A competent and personable advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Richards - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is extremely bright and considerate of client needs.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tristan Jones - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Friendly, understated and bright.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Immigration (including business immigration)
Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Blackstone Chambers

Acting both for and against the government, Blackstone Chambers’ β€˜barristers are of the highest calibre and the clerks work like a well-oiled machine’. Tom Hickman recently succeeded in the Court of Appeal in R (Gedi) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, which decided that immigration curfews not imposed as bail conditions are unlawful. The set is also highly regarded for EU-related matters.

Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading silks

Michael Fordham QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He takes clients’ concerns and priorities into account and is an excellent tactician.’

Ranked: tier 1

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for deportation challenges.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Eadie QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Acts for the government in the top immigration cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nathalie Lieven QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She is simply brilliant, and is quick to reach strategic points in a case.’

Ranked: tier 2
Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading juniors

Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A very impressive junior with a strong grasp of international law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Hickman - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An authority on Brexit-related immigration matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Naina Patel - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She has an impressive ability to think creatively about how best to protect the client’s position.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

James Eadie QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜The government’s counsel for inquests and inquiries.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading silks

Andreas Gledhill QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Super-bright.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading sets - ranked: tier 5

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers has an β€˜increasingly impressive spread of silks’, including Andrew Green QC, who was instructed in Unite the Union v Victoria Banking Services. Members are praised as β€˜very accessible and down to earth’.

Insurance and reinsurance – Leading silks

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A safe pair of hands.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A first-rate advocate, who is instinctive, commercial and creative in his approach.’

Ranked: tier 5

Barbara Dohmann QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A first-class strategist.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Adam Baradon - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Noted for his experience in complex coverage disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is β€˜a tremendous set’ with β€˜very strong quality of counsel’, who provide β€˜client-focused solutions’. Members have expertise across the IP spectrum, including in β€˜soft’ and β€˜hard’ IP disputes.

Intellectual property – Leading silks

Michael Bloch QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is bright, personable, enthusiastic and incredibly responsive.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is a very impressive advocate, who commands the courtroom.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Howe QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A fantastic advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3
Intellectual property – Leading juniors

James Segan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An excellent and very hardworking team member, whom clients really trust and respect.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Cleaver - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A personable, thorough and technologically astute advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Blackstone Chambers

At Blackstone Chambers, clients appreciate the β€˜quality and availability of counsel and clerks’, and if barristers are unavailable, β€˜cover is found very swiftly’. Members have a good track record in general commercial and insurance-related cases, and also act in investment treaty disputes such as GMR v Republic of the Maldives.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A quick and clear-thinking barrister, a forceful advocate and decisive cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 2

Robert Howe QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Very much a go-to guy, he has a razor-sharp mind.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜His advice and advocacy is clear, precise, simple and logical to follow.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A highly effective advocate and a powerful cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Extremely clever, commercial and robust.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Bloch QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A heavyweight commercial silk and a real streetfighter.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Robert Weekes - Blackstone Chambers β€˜One of the brightest juniors in the market.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)
Media and entertainment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is β€˜the pre-eminent media set’ with a team of β€˜renowned experts, who can be relied upon to provide advice of the highest quality’ and β€˜go above and beyond to meet their clients’ needs’. In 2016, Lord Pannick QC represented Mirror Group Newspapers in the Court of Appeal case concerning the level of damages to be awarded for invasion of privacy by phone-hacking. Many members have substantial experience in copyright-related matters.

Media and entertainment – Leading silks

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He looks for solutions instead of finding problems.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lord Pannick QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A renowned silk for media law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Pushpinder Saini QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A great all-rounder.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Anderson QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Advocacy is his natural forte.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Weisselberg QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He combines a razor-sharp mind with a charming personality.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A go-to silk for the crossover between IP and media cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An astute and persuasive barrister.’

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Howe QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is the first choice for any complex rights-related claims and is utterly dedicated to the client’s cause.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An intelligent and experienced advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4
Media and entertainment – 2016 silks

Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is an excellent adviser and always a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1
Media and entertainment – Leading juniors

Mark Vinall - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A dedicated advocate with notable experience.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Hickman - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is bright, commercial, sharp and has an analytical mind.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Segan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A junior of choice on copyright claims in the music industry.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jessica Boyd - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She has a superb analytical mind.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Cleaver - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Technologically astute, personable, and a calm and thorough advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Richards - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is extremely bright and thinks through all potential outcomes before delivering a considered opinion.’

Ranked: tier 2

Daniel Burgess - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Technically astute and able to cut quickly to the heart of a case.’

Ranked: tier 3

Joanna Pollard - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An astute litigator recommended for disputes within the music industry.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Offshore
Offshore – Leading juniors

Tom Richards - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for offshore constitutional matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Planning
Planning – Leading silks

Nathalie Lieven QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An outstanding barrister with the ultimate advocacy skills.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Police law (defendant)
Police law (defendant) – 2017 silks

Ivan Hare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He regularly acts for the Independent Police Complaints Commission.’

Ranked: tier 1
Police law (defendant) – Leading juniors

Emma Dixon - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Instructed in sensitive cases on police regulation.’

Ranked: tier 3

Naina Patel - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Her client handling skills are excellent – she can strike the right balance between frankness and diplomacy.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers’ professional discipline practice is closely linked to its pre-eminent public law expertise, and it houses a number of practitioners who appear in leading judicial review cases after regulatory proceedings. Members were involved in the Michalak v GMC Court of Appeal case (since heard by the Supreme Court) regarding the jurisdiction of employment tribunals to hear complaints of discrimination against regulators: Ivan Hare QC, who took silk in 2017, acted for the GMC and Catherine Callaghan represented the SRA as an intervenor.

Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Mark Shaw QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜The go-to counsel for complex cases involving public law issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He displays great judgement and knowledge, and is a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is instructed on strategic-level matters by regulators.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Instructed in some of the most challenging Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal cases.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional discipline and regulatory law – 2017 silks

Ivan Hare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Instructed to defend the General Medical Council in judicial reviews.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Catherine Callaghan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Recommended for medical and white-collar professional judicial reviews – she should be a silk.’

Ranked: tier 2

Emma Dixon - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Enthusiastic and innovative in her advice, and meticulously prepared.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jana Sadler-Forster - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She is very smart and always gives clear and well-structured advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading silks

Andrew George QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Confident and knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜His ability to quickly digest complex information is incredible.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Leona Powell - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Lots of experience.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Public international law
Public international law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is the β€˜go-to chambers for international conflict of law’ work with an impressive array of silks and juniors for clients to choose from. Representative matters include acting for Pakistan during a $650m ICSID dispute with Agility for Public Warehousing Co. Members are also representing Bank Mellat in a Β£4bn damages claim against HM Treasury arising from the alleged unlawful imposition of sanctions.

Public international law – Leading silks

Maurice Mendelson QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A first-class public international law expert.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sir Jeffrey Jowell KCMG QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Outstanding – an absolute star.’

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Otty QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An enormously clever and compelling advocate with the full range of skills.’

Ranked: tier 3
Public international law – 2016 silks

Shaheed Fatima QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A thoughtful and measured advocate with good judgement.’

Ranked: tier 1
Public international law – Leading juniors

Guy Goodwin-Gill - Blackstone Chambers β€˜One of the highest-rated practitioners for refugee work.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Extremely committed and hardworking, and a very talented draftsman.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Public procurement
Public procurement – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is the β€˜go-to’ set for public law matters, where members have wide-ranging expertise and handle procurement challenges in sectors such as sport and technology. James Segan represented the claimant in a challenge to the termination of the award process for the food supply contract to the British Armed Forces, while Hanif Mussa is acting for the claimant in R (Global Gaming Ventures (Southampton) Ltd) v Southampton City Council.

Public procurement – Leading silks

James Eadie QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He maintains a busy practice as the Treasury Devil.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Lewis QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An expert in sport and technology matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Client-friendly and highly intelligent.’

Ranked: tier 3
Public procurement – Leading juniors

James Segan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He marries excellent commercial awareness with extensive procurement law knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has a first-class intellect and distils complex legal material into commercial advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Emily Neill - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Extremely able, pragmatic and personable.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Blackstone Chambers is β€˜a force to be reckoned with’ at the London Bar for commercial and public law instructions, where clients are β€˜spoilt for choice when selecting counsel’; β€˜the range of intellect and diversity at the set is all that any solicitor could ask for’. Furthermore, β€˜some of the up-and-coming juniors are simply brilliant and will be superstars’. The service provided is also β€˜slick’ and some say that β€˜it is miles ahead of other chambers’ in this respect. The clerks are β€˜commercial and straight-talking’, and β€˜a pleasure to deal with’, β€˜setting the standard for the profession’. In particular, Gary Oliver is β€˜a fantastic senior clerk, who trains his juniors well’, and he and chambers director Julia Hornor β€˜run a very tight ship’. At deputy senior clerk level, Adam Sloane and Derek Sutton β€˜stand out as shining examples of good clerking’, and deputy chambers director Mat Swallow provides β€˜an excellent service’. Offices in: London

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Social housing
Social housing – Leading silks

Nathalie Lieven QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She always has excellent judgement and is quick on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Sport
Sport – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is β€˜the go-to set for sports regulatory work’, but members cover the gamut of work in this area, extending to intellectual property and commercial disputes through to child protection matters. Adam Lewis QC represented the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) in Jersey Football Association’s Court of Arbitration for Sport challenge to the client’s rejection of its membership application.

Sport – Leading silks

Adam Lewis QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A go-to silk in the sector, who knows it inside out.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He provides razor-sharp and effective advocacy, and has a great rapport with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Beloff QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Globally renowned for his outstanding intellect and inspiring advocacy and leadership.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is incredibly sharp, and able to spot the angle that others miss.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jane Mulcahy QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable in sports work, with a particularly client-friendly manner.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A brilliant advocate, who cross-examines with skill and precision; the go-to person when things get tough.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An excellent cross-examiner, who is client-friendly and engenders a team spirit.’

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Highly user-friendly and adept at distilling complex issues of competition law into digestible advice.’

Ranked: tier 3
Sport – Leading juniors

Nick De Marco - Blackstone Chambers β€˜First-rate in all aspects.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Segan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He can always set the right tone and provide solid, clear advice on difficult matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Richards - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Regularly instructed in football disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Mountford - Blackstone Chambers β€˜His written work is clear and his advocacy is of the highest calibre.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Lowe - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He represents Premier League clubs in litigation and arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 4

Daniel Burgess - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Trusted by clubs and governing bodies on complex disciplinary cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ravi Mehta - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He acts for governing bodies and athletes too.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Tax: corporate and VAT
Tax: VAT – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is simply β€˜superb’ and particularly noted for its work on cases in which public law and tax law intersect. Sam Grodzinski QC and Kieron Beal QC each have extensive experience of indirect tax law, and the former of the two has particular specialism in tax-related judicial reviews.

Tax: VAT – Leading silks

Sam Grodzinski QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Among the best advocates at the tax Bar; a superb lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A tenacious advocate, who provides sound, understandable advice.’

Ranked: tier 4
Tax: VAT – Leading juniors

Simon Pritchard - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An able and conscientious junior, with a growing reputation in the tax space.’

Ranked: tier 3

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